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School of Business Ithaca College

  • Ithaca, NY
  • Private
  • Small
  • 45%55%
    student ratio
  • 40
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Master of Business Administration Degree Programs at Ithaca College

The School of Business at Ithaca College provides exceptional graduate-level instruction in management. It offers Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree programs that include late day and evening classes, full-time and part-time enrollment, dedicated faculty members, and low student-to-faculty member ratios.

The school has accreditation from AACSB-International, a designation awarded to less than 5% of business schools internationally. AACSB-accredited schools make continuous improvements to academic programs, provide high quality instruction, and facilitate productive interactions between students and faculty members.

The school also receives national recognition for providing excellence in graduate business education. For example, the "Princeton Review" ranked the Ithaca College School of Business as one of the top business schools in the nation and included the school's Master of Business Administration degree programs in its 2014 edition of The Best 295 Business Schools.

An Expert Faculty

Faculty members in the School of Business are dedicated to their students' academic and career successes. They are also experts in business theory, practice, and education.

For example, Dr. Donald Lifton is an associate professor of management whose current research includes a longitudinal study of the correlation between "student hardiness" and undergraduate retention at 5 colleges.

Dr. Raquib Zama, Dana professor and chair of Finance and International Business, has written numerous books, book chapters, and referred journal articles on a variety of business subjects. Additionally, Gwen Seaquist, J.D., is a professor and the coordinator of the Legal Studies program as well as an associate attorney at a law firm in Ithaca, New York.

The M.B.A. Degree Program

The 36-credit M.B.A. degree program can be completed in 1 year of full-time study. It is designed for individuals with both business and non-business backgrounds.

The program's curriculum has 8 core courses that integrate advanced management theory with hands-on practice in business analytics, decision making, and problem solving. Coursework examines contemporary management practices and trends; explores the challenges of managing businesses in a global economy; and provides opportunities to strengthen leadership, networking, and communication skills.

Its curriculum also includes 4 graduate-elective courses that allow students to customize coursework to meet their professional goals. Students can choose electives offered in other graduate programs at Ithaca College or at other accredited institutions.

Core M.B.A. Degree Program Courses

M.B.A. degree program required courses include "Accounting for Executive Decisions," "Corporate Financial Management," "Marketing Management," "Decision Support Analysis," "Managing in a Global Economy," "Organizational Structure and Processes," "Sustainable Practices in Operations and Technology," and "Strategic Planning and Business Policy."

M.B.A. Professional Accountancy Degree Program

The 36-credit M.B.A. degree program in professional accountancy is a 1-year program that meets the 150-hour educational requirement for taking the certified public accountant (CPA) exam in New York State.

Its curriculum includes 6 core courses, 4 accounting courses, and 2 graduate-elective courses. Core courses provide a strong foundation in advanced management theory and practice.

Accounting courses provide advanced theory and application in auditing, contemporary accounting practices, financial accounting and reporting, and taxation. Elective courses allow students to customize their degrees according to their professional interests.

M.B.A. Degree Program Professional Accountancy Courses

Courses required for the M.B.A. Professional Accountancy degree program include "Taxation for Managers," "Advanced Auditing and Research," "Advanced Financial Reporting," "Contemporary Issues in Accounting," "Corporate Financial Management," "Decision Support Analysis," "Marketing Management," "Sustainable Practices in Operations and Technology," "Organizational Structure and Processes," and "Managing in a Global Economy."

Pre-M.B.A. Degree Program at Ithaca College

The Pre-M.B.A. degree program at Ithaca College allows students with non-business backgrounds to fulfill admission requirements for the M.B.A. degree program. As a result, they are able to combine non-business undergraduate degrees with an Ithaca M.B.A. degree to increase their marketability in a competitive job market.

The program has 8 courses that provide fundamentals in accounting, organizational behavior, finance, marketing, operations management, business technology, and business legal environments. Two additional courses cover public communication and academic writing.

Financial Aid at Ithaca College

M.B.A. degree program students may qualify for federal loans, M.B.A. Merit Scholarships, and M.B.A. Endowed Scholarships.

M.B.A. Merit Scholarships are awarded after thorough review of candidates' admission applications. M.B.A. Endowed Scholarships, which are established through contributions from alumni and other stakeholders in the School of Business, are awarded annually in accordance with donors' specifications.

Other sources of financial aid include employer tuition remission programs, private loans, and scholarships from private sources.

Dynamic Learning Environment

Business students learn and work in the Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise.

The building's innovative design adheres to the highest principles of sustainability. In fact, it was 1 of the first 100 buildings worldwide to receive platinum LEED certification, the highest level that the U.S. Green Build Council grants.

The center includes 21st century technology and creative learning spaces that enhance learning and foster collaboration, entrepreneurial spirit, and team skills.

Ithaca College

Ithaca College (IC) is a private, coeducational institution established in 1892. It is dedicated to promoting intellectual growth and character development in a diverse population of 6,700 students.

IC offers nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate programs in business, communications, health sciences and human performance, humanities and sciences, and music.

Its rigorous programs combine liberal arts education and professional programs of study and integrate theory and practice to provide comprehensive education.

Ithaca, New York

Ithaca College is located in Ithaca, New York, in the northeastern region of the United States. This scenic town of 30,000 residents offers both small-town charm and urban flair.

Breathtaking lakes, waterfa1ls, and gorges; exciting restaurants, shopping venues, and nightlife; and vibrant music, theatre, and art galleries are just some of the many attractions to explore in this exciting town and its surrounding areas.

Location & Contact

School of Business

Ithaca College

953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States

Dr. Mary Zuckerman


Phone: 607-274-3117

Mr. Gerard Turbide

Director, Office of Admission

Phone: 607-274-3143
Fax: 607-274-1263

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 35
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 71
    • Accepted 45
    • Acceptance Rate 63
    • Enrolled 30
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 15th May 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st November 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitCSS Profile and FAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students40
    • Female Percentage45%
    • Male Percentage55%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students40
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Full-time Percentage75%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian86%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty22
    • Full-time Percentage95%
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchKnowledge management, intellectual capital, loyalty programs, hospitality management, business and society
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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